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Jimmy Barnes launches new podcast

Just when you think you know all of Jimmy Barnes’ secrets, the revered rocker and best-selling author digs even deeper with his first-ever podcast series.Story Time with Jimmy Barnes launches this week, a six-part series which finds the masterful storyteller as comfortable behind the podcast mic as he is screaming out rock classics.The series coincides…

Just when you think you know all of Jimmy Barnes’ secrets, the revered rocker and best-selling author digs even deeper with his first-ever podcast series.

Story Time with Jimmy Barnes launches this week, a six-part series which finds the masterful storyteller as comfortable behind the podcast mic as he is screaming out rock classics.

The series coincides with the release of his third memoir Killing Time: Short stories from the long road home which is released on October 7.

Barnes illuminates the compelling short stories of Killing Time’s yarns, and spins new ones, with six special guests – respected Australian production manager “Sneaky” Pete McFee, The Living End frontman Chris Cheney, champion golfer Peter Lonard, award-winning author Debra Oswald, his wife Jane and daughter Mahalia and fellow Glaswegian immigrant and MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo.

The Working Class Man has kept busy in his COVID isolation bubble, performing nightly with his wife Jane and family and friends, and relished the opportunity to connect with fans via the Story Time podcasts.

“I’ve done a few things on radio, I hosted a show on Triple M, but the podcast thing is a great idea because we’ve all become used to connecting with each other on these different platforms during the whole COVID lockdown thing,” Barnes said.

“I had my birthday party on Zoom this year, back in April, and we rang restaurants around the country and sent the same food and wine to everybody and partied together online.

“I like the idea of doing this because the interactions with my mates, whether they’re musicians or chefs or writers, is a lot of fun.”

While he may be immortalised in the Australian psyche for his powerful presence on the concert stage, his Working Class Boy and Working Class Man best-selling memoirs revealed so much of the rocker’s inner world.

And the Story Time podcasts add to his complex story, one that lurches between unexpected encounters with history-making figures such as legendary American civil rights activist Rosa Parks to his enduring grief over the loss of Snoop and Oliver, his beloved Schnauzers.

“Everybody has different aspects of them that you don’t share with all the same people,” he said.

“As a writer, when I sit at the keyboard, things suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t even thought about myself; you remember different experiences and different parts of those experiences.

“I’ve got a lot of stories. I’ve started writing fiction now which is really difficult but I love writing. It’s a horror story and a lot of it is very close to home.”

Story Time also delves into what Jimmy Barnes does when he’s not performing or writing songs and books.

Fans have become addicted to not only his nightly performances with Jane on guitar but the photos they share of the meals they prepare for their family from their garden harvests, and the flowers he picks and lovingly arranges for his wife.

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“People see me gardening and think ‘Oh really? And you’re gardening in those slippers?’ People just laugh. If you’d said to me 20 years ago that I’d be doing gardening, I would have gone ‘F … off, not going to happen,’” he joked.

“I really don’t enjoy it that much but I love the outcome, I love to walk out there and see those beautiful things. I just help it along now and I know how to harvest and arrange it and make it look good so I get kudos from Jane.

“I would never have thought I would get anything from gardening or even cooking.”

The podcast will reveal how Barnes and his good mate Zonfrillo often trade recipes and share a love of big boys kitchen toys.

“Like I’ve said in the podcast, I only used to eat for fuel and then only when I had to – if there were other fuels, I’d take it,” he said.

“I can’t think now of how little food meant to me – we didn’t have a lot when I was young – but what you learn is you go along, is that just as your music tastes develop, so does your food tastes.

“Once you experience that, you can’t go back, you’re always broadening your palette.”

Story Time With Jimmy Barnes, hosted by National Music Writer Kathy McCabe, will launch on September 12, with special bonus videos and preview audio via storytimewithjimmybarnes.com.au

Killing Time: Short stories from the long road home is released by Harper Collins on October 7.

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